Would Downton Abbey's Dan Stevens make a good Mr Darcy?

Rumour has it the former Matthew Crawley actor could be set to play Jane Austen's famous literary creation in a BBC adaptation of P.D. James' Death Comes to Pemberley...

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Would Downton Abbey's Dan Stevens make a good Mr Darcy?
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Downton Abbey's Dan Stevens could be set to take up the role of period heartthrob Mr Darcy in the BBC adaptation of P.D. James' Death Comes to Pemberley. 

Dan Stevens recently left Downton fans heartbroken when he left the award-winning series on Christmas Day after his character, Matthew Crawley, was killed off in a shock car crash. 

But the 30-year-old could be ready to return to period drama as Jane Austen's iconic hero Mr Darcy in the Pride and Prejudice sequel.

P.D. James' sequel, Death Comes to Pemberley, reintroduces Mr Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet six years after their wedding day and finds the couple in the middle of a crime investigation. The novel sees Lydia Bennet arrive at Pemberley to announce that her husband Mr Wickham has been killed, and a murder mystery begins. Filming for the three-part BBC adaptation is set to start this summer. 

As well as Dan Stevens, Les Miserables star Eddie Redmayne, War Horse's Tom Hiddleston, Dancing on the Edge's Matthew Goode and Hugh Dancy have all been mentioned in connection with playing Austen's leading man. But whoever takes up the role will certainly find himself with big shoes to fill... In spite of numerious actors starring as the dark, tall and handsome character RadioTimes.com recently revealed that Colin Firth's 1995 depiction of Mr Darcy is still the nation's favourite. 

So is Downton's Dan Stevens up to the job? Or would you prefer one of the other stars who have been tipped to play the brooding romantic hero?

Comment below if you can think of any other potential Darcys...